Focus on the Fireplace

With a chill in the air and Thanksgiving coming around the corner, this is a great time to start thinking about sprucing up your fireplace area.   Here are some tips for  fireplace facelifts or just sprucing up with accessories, as well as arranging your floor plan to highlight your fireplace as a great architectural feature, and create an intimate seating arrangement for your warm, cozy fireplace…
 

Fireplace Facelifts…

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Before: This fireplace needs a little help

After painting the fireplace tile

After fireplace makeover

 

Before photo. Source: DIY.com.

After several coats of primer and paint…

After painting fireplace. Source: DIY.com

Other key elements of the above fireplace facelift include:

  • Replacing the screen
  • Re-accessorizing:  Many people add items that are too small on their mantles, and some times too much of the small stuff.  Add drama with some larger scale items, that tie in with your color scheme and your other metals in the room.

In the room below, the owners wanted to do more than simply painting the brick.  They were ready for a whole new look…

Before photo of fireplace

The fireplace makeover included expanding the size of the fireplace, and recovering the fireplace in a great innovative product offered by Decorating Den Interiors.  The weathered stone panels (faux stone) were applied over the brick.  The cracks were filled in with grout, resulting in a stunning and unique look…

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After: Fireplace recovered with innovative product offered through Decorating Den Interiors

Here’s another example of our faux stone panels…

Fireplace covered in faux stone panels

Furniture arrangement: 

The key with furniture arrangement is to place your sofa, chairs, etc. in an intimate seating arrangement around your fireplace.  You want to avoid placing the furniture around the parameter of the room– a common mistake people make.  Use an area rug to anchor the furniture as well…

Before: Furniture is lining parameter of room

After furniture re-arranged, wall painted & accessories added

Paint an accent wall behind the fireplace to help make the fireplace a focal point in the room…

Paint an accent wall on your fireplace wall
Great example of using paint to make the fireplace a focal point…

Source: Benjamin Moore Paint

Mantle accessories are another factor that help to make your fireplace the focal point it deserves to be…

Before accessories added to fireplace

After accessories have been added to fireplace wall

Great items to consider for mantle accessories:

  • Round chargers
  • Candle sticks with colored candles to add splashes of color
  • Vases filled with branches, flowers
  • Photo frames

Fireplace wall before accessories added

After accessories have been added with a splash of color

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8 Responses to “Focus on the Fireplace”
  1. The fireplace in our home is definitely the focal point of the living room. The brick wall, the decorated wooden mantel and the decorative fireplace screen make it an eye catcher.
    Now with the colder days coming lighting the fireplace is a must be in our home. Not so much to warm up the room, more for the cozy feeling. 🙂

  2. Lana says:

    Hello,

    I noticed the first fireplace on this page and I love it. I have a white tile fireplace and would love to make it look like this. Can you tell me what color and what you used to get this look?

    Thank you in advanced,

    • Hi Lana,

      I’m glad you like it! I used a heat resistant paint, such as Rust-Oleum Specialty High Heat retains color and finish up to 1000º F. You can paint it on, rather than spray it. If your tiles are very glossy and smooth, you’ll want to sand them to roughen them up a little or use a primer. While the paint is heat resistent, you do not want to use in areas directly exposed to flames (e.g., inside of the fireplace). I even painted the grout.

      The all-black surface is actually a great look, however I then added a metallic paint utilizing a sea sponge broken into a small piece. Two pieces of different shapes can come in handy. Once you dab it on, and while the paint is still wet, blend it with a soft, plush roller brush. The smaller rollers are best for this application.

      And voila, you’re done! Have fun, and I’d love to post your before and after photos here!

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